Baseball: Princeton 11, Kewanee 1 (5) • Softball: Kewanee 11, Princeton 10
KEWANEE — It was really not a good day to play three, let alone two, but the Princeton and Kewanee baseball and softball teams met on the north side of Kewanee Monday night to try.
On the baseball side, the Tigers made short work of the Boilers, winning 11-1 in five innings, to get back on the bus a little quicker.
Down at the softball field, the Tigresses saw a 9-1 lead slip away as the Boiler Girls tied the game with a two-run homer in the six and won 11-10 with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh.
PHS won an abbreviated F/S softball game 6-3, the game called after three innings on account of cold.
Princeton 11, Kewanee 1 (5): The Tigers broke the game open with six runs on just three hits in the top of the fourth inning to go up 11-1.
The Boilermakers helped the Tigers’ cause, committing eight errors that led to nine unearned runs.
“It was a good win for the Tigers in awful weather. We can’t wait for spring,” PHS coach Wick Warren said. “Our play was a little rough at times, but the kids played, well given the conditions.”
PHS senior Josh Reinhardt earned Player of the Game honors for the Tigers as the winning pitcher and for collecting two hits.
Garrett Allen had two hits while Owen Rossler, Caleb Alter and Beck Robbins all got their first hits of the season.
Warren said he was very pleased with the Tigers’ running game.
“We had five stolen bases. It was good to see,” he said.
Kewanee 11, Princeton 10: The Tigresses were cruising early, leading 9-1 after 2 1/2 innings. Kewanee, however, would not go down without a fight.
The Boiler Girls rallied with three runs in the third, one in the fourth, and three more in the fifth to close within 9-8. Dani Neuleib hit a frozen rope of a home run down the left field line in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 10.
Murphy led off the bottom of the seventh with a base hit. She stole second and then swiped third on a delayed steal. Briah’s xxx walk-off hit sent the Boiler Girls home a little warmer on a chilly night.
Despite the finish, PHS rookie coach Brik Wedekind said the Tigresses looked very much improved since last week’s opening 14-2 loss to Annawan/Wethersfield.
“Our bats came alive. We had 12 hits,” he said. “We made too many fundamental errors on defense. If we’re able to clean those errors up I think the game ends in our favor. Very pleased with their effort through out the game. They showed a lot of fight.”
The Tigresses plated four runs in the top of the second with 2-run hits by Katie Bauer and Paige Smith.
They stretched their lead to 9-1 with a five spot in the third. Smith and Kenzie Coleman had hits, and pitcher Adrienne Snethen helped her own cause with a 2-run hit.
The Boiler Girls scored 11 runs on 11 hits, with Snethen taking the loss.
The Tigresses also had 11 hits.